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Anthony Mason Jr.'s return delayed again

The news hasn't gotten any better for St. John's redshirt senior Anthony Mason Jr. since he suffered a torn hamstring during a preseason trip to Canada over Labor Day weekend. The timetable for his return has been moved back for a second time another three weeks to at least mid-January, coach Norm Roberts announced today.

An examination on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan showed the injury, which was aggravated on Oct. 16, still hasn't fully healed.

"We’re disappointed for Anthony, because we know he wants to be out there," Roberts said in a statement. "We have to give him time to recover so when he joins us on the court, he’ll be 100 percent. We’ll obviously be very happy and excited to get Anthony back. He is such a versatile scorer, and makes our team that much deeper."

Mason played only three games last season before suffering a torn peroneal tendon in his right foot that caused him to missed the rest of that season. The Red Storm is off to a terrific 8-1 start heading into the Holiday Festival this Sunday and Monday at Madison Square Garden, but the versatile Mason should add another serious scoring threat on the wing if and when he returns and shakes off the rust from his long absence.

In other medical news, it was announced that sophomore guard Quincy Roberts, who has been suffering from migraine headaches since he suffered a concussion during the Storm's preseason trip to Canada, will apply for a medical redshirt season. There is no conclusive proof the migraines are related to the concussion, but Roberts is eligible for redshirt status since he has played in only four games, which is well under the 30 percent or less mandated by the NCAA.

Finally, forward Justin Burrell, who suffered a high ankle sprain at Duke on Dec. 5, is progressing well and now is off crutches. He's expected to return by the end of the month in time for the Big East opener New Year's Eve at Georgetown.

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